New York Yankees Get Streak Snapped By Reds In Game 2 (Highlights)
May 9, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the second inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees were unable to avoid a rough outing by CC Sabathia on Tuesday night. as the Reds snapped their winning streak at six.

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  • Cincinnati Reds: 5 (18-15)
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The Cincinnati Reds prevented the New York Yankees from starting 2017 with their best 31-game start since going 23-8 to begin 2003 by slapping around CC Sabathia for five runs in an eventual 5-3 win in front of a crowd of 22,035 at the Great American Ball Park on Tuesday night.

New York drew first blood in the first inning with a Gary Sanchez home run off of a 91.2 mph fastball from Reds’ starter Tim Adleman. It was The Kraken’s second homer of the season and in the top of the second, shortstop Didi Gregorius launched his first of the year and just like that, the Yankees were up 2-0. 

The Yankees entered play 13-3 when they scored first, but the Reds’ offense did their best to make sure it didn’t become 14-3 as they pounced on CC Sabathia nice and early.

Scott Schebler and José Peraza led off the second inning with back-to-back singles and two batters after Sabathia walked Devin Mesoraco on four pitches, Billy Hamilton slapped a two-run single to left field to knot the game up at two apiece. 

Cincinnati wasn’t done there, as Sabathia surrendered three-straight singles to Zach Cozart, Joey Votto and Adam Duvall to fall behind by a score of 5-2.

Gregorius didn’t waste any time trimming that lead. In his second at-bat of the night, the 27-year-old lifted a broken-bat single into right field with Starlin Castro on second with two outs in the fourth. It scored Castro to limit the deficit to 5-3 via his fourth RBI in two games. 

Sabathia settled down after that rough second inning and finished his night with six innings of work on his belt. He surrendered five runs on seven hits while striking out two and saw his season ERA spike up to 5.77.

Both teams extended four scoreless frames until the Yankees attempted to battle back in the ninth inning off closer Raisel Iglesias. Both Aaron Hicks and Matt Holliday worked a one-out walk to bring up Gary Sanchez as the go-ahead run. 

Sanchez watched a slider go by for a ball, swung and missed at a 95.5 mph sinker and then lined the next pitch — a 96.4 mph fastball from Iglesias — right at Eugenio Suarez who tossed it over to Suarez at second to double up Hicks and end the contest.

That gave the Bombers their first loss since May 1, when they dropped a home contest to the Toronto Blue Jays and snapped the longest road winning streak in the American League this season.

This Day In Yankees History: 

On May 9, 2002, closer Mariano Rivera picked up career save No. 225 in a Yankees victory over Tampa Bay. That save passed Dave Righetti to set a new franchise record.

What’s Next: 

Following a Wednesday off day, the Yankees will begin a four-game series in the Bronx on Thursday with the Houston Astros — who entered play on Tuesday with the third-best run differential in baseball.

The probable starters have yet to be announced, but first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium. The YES Network will have the call or you can listen on the radio at WFAN 660/101.9 FM.